KYW Bias Jarred Upon Return — The Great Nor’easter of 2018 knocked out power here for 24 hours starting 2 p.m., Friday (March 2), and we resorted to the transistor radio and KYW for news.
Our return to traditional media was jarring, to say the least.
The journalism put us in despair. While there was plenty of coverage of some murder where a man shot his wife and mother-in-law, and there was sports and news about Hollywood, little was heard about the story of the day, namely one million-plus Philadelphia-area residents being without power and heat during a winter storm.
What was arguably worse was the bias. It was always there but shone like a spotlight after a long hiatus.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court had given another victory to the Mariner East Two Pipeline appropriately ruling that local zoning laws do not apply to it.
KWY reported it.
The pipeline, which is owned by Sunoco and Energy Transfer Partners, would move natural gas from the frack fields of Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to Sunoco’s Marcus Hook Refinery.
KYW picked an opponent of the pipeline to be interviewed. This person bemoaned the decision. This person said the pipeline endangers the community — it doesn’t — implying the judges were motivated by cronyism and corruption rather than law.
The comments were treated sympathetically and left without rebuttal.
Nobody pointed out that the pipeline would create jobs, lower consumer costs, provide taxes and increase energy independence. Nobody pointed out that there are risks to everything — especially involving energy — and the risks concerning this project are miniscule.
Nobody pointed out that the state has supremacy over municipalities when it comes to oil and gas matters.
That some still get their information from sources like this is why the Democrat Party still wins elections.
KYW Bias Jarred Upon Return After Storm